Understanding Contingent Protection

Aradhna Aggarwal

in The Anti-Dumping Agreement and Developing Countries

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780195689273
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081486 | DOI:
Understanding Contingent Protection

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This chapter elaborates the notion of contingent protection and the rationale of their presence within the World Trade Organization (WTO) framework. It presents an overview of articles embedded in the WTO agreements relating to various contingent protection measures. It also discusses the major differences in the provisions of Anti-dumping Agreement (ADA), Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (ASCM) and Agreement on Safeguards (ASG). Then, it examines time trends in the use of contingent protection measures. The trends in contingent protection use across countries on the basis of the level of development are evaluated. It reveals that there have been an alarmingly high proportion of anti-dumping measures in total contingent protection investigations. It suggests that anti-dumping has the lowest standards with the least political visibility. The use of contingent protection measures has been increasing in developing countries. However, this is largely due to the increasing use of anti-dumping measures.

Keywords: contingent protection; World Trade Organization; Anti-dumping Agreement; Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures; Agreement on Safeguards; developing countries

Chapter.  12665 words. 

Subjects: International Economics

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